NALIPster wins United States Artists Fellowship and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Grant
Estela Award winner Natalia Almada (LPA 2003), is one of two NALIPsters to win an unrestricted $50,000 grant from United States Artists (USA). She is pictured above with fellow Estela Award winner and USA grant recipient Almudena Carracedo (photo by Kevin Goggin)
Like the MacArthur grants, USA Fellowship winners can use the money as they wish. Nominations come from an anonymous group of arts executives, critics, scholars and artists whose membership changes each year; five-member panels of experts in each category recommend winners to the United States Artists board..
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program also recently awarded a grant to Natalia's latest project El Jardin (working title). Her new work explores the growth effect of Mexico's war on drugs on a El Jardin cemetery.
Two of the 22 projects awarded funds this year will be considered for the Sundance | Cinereach Project, part of a $1.5 million, three-year grant.
Arizona Project receives second Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grant
The award-winning director/producer of A Class Apart, Carlos Sandoval, along with his producing partner Catherine Tambini is one of 22 recipients of a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program grant.
This latest award of financial assistance marks the second grant this year from Sundance for the collaborators' Arizona Project, which examines the the state's struggle with immigration.
Last July, the pair also received a development grant from The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute initiative.
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Fuzeinc to produce animated Asian series "Chop Chops"
The series to be created for television and new media platoform distribution is a first in a slate of co-productions for Fuzeinc, which includes projects such as the sci-fi feature “The Helix,” written by Marvel scribe Bob Layton and to be directed by Michael D. Olmos